I am stealing this technique from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. She has a post way back so I didn't find it for you, she refinished a clock with the same technique. I bought the paint at Michaels. It is Sophisticated Finishes in Blackened Bronze and then you highlight with Blonde Bronze. This is my lamp before. It is just plain. I still like the shape and lamps are awfully expensive so I am refinishing them rather than replacing them. My walls are a yellowy taupe and my couch is a brown and maroon toned tapestry. We have two leather chairs in brown, so this beige looks like it is dying in there. The shade is a leather.
The first step is to paint the Blackened Bronze over the whole surface. I used a sponge brush so I could get in all the crevices. I didn't prime, so in some areas it would smear and take the paint back off. I let it dry and then repeated over any areas that showed brush marks or were transparent.
For the second step highlight with the Blonde Bronze. I just brushed over the tops of the raised areas and wiped off anything that went on a flat surface.
Close up of detail on lamp and highlighted areas.
Finished lamp with the shade. Much better. Ready for a little more life.
I bought this for our 1/2 bath that we painted turquoise. I am adding just a few beachy items after I found this on clearance at Michaels. I also bought a fish and some shells for a bowl. Photos to come later!
The black does not go with the room so I sprayed it white. Stay tuned for photos of the bath!!!